A national consulting firm with offices in Jacksonville has been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration to review the potential environmental impacts of building a commercial launch complex on NASA-owned land just south of Oak Hill.
Cardno TEC will prepare the Environmental Impact Statement, a process expected to take between a year and 18 months and begin once Space Florida finalizes a contract with the company, said Dale Ketcham, director of strategic alliances for Space Florida.
The first public meetings to collect input on the process are scheduled to take place this fall.
Space Florida, the state’s economic development corporation for aerospace related activities, hopes to attract a private entrepreneur to develop one or two vertical launch pads on about 200 acres of property near the Volusia-Brevard county line, near the site of a historical community known as Shiloh.
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